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Antec PLUS1080AMG SOHO File Server Tower Review

Bosco    -   December 7, 2002
Category: Cases
Price: $210 USD


Introduction

Are you tired of your old, cramped, beige-coloured case? Does it have trouble keeping your system's components from becoming baked silicon? Do you dream about having a big, flashy server case that performs as well as it looks? Is your next idea of case improvement a roomy suit of armor that is heavier than it sounds? I can't guarantee the armor, but Antec's PLUS1080AMG SOHO File Server Tower should satisfy both your medieval dreams and computer temperature and real-estate requirements!

Antec needs no introduction, but if you're a newcomer to the computer world, do make note that they are one of the most popular power supply, case and cooling product manufacturers out there, rivalling with other brand names like Enermax.

Not too long ago Antec started to produce their cases in a very special colour, dubbed "Antec Metallic Gray", or AMG. What's "different" about this colour is that there are practically no drives of any kind that are manufactured under this colour, so as a result, those who want to have a uniform-coloured front will be a little bit disappointed. On the other hand, however, the AMG is a nice balance between beige and black, and as such both black and white drives look nice on it, without the sudden black and white contrast.

Features

  • Heavy Duty 1.0mm SECC construction material
  • Slide Handle
  • Includes 430W Antec "TruePower" power supply
  • Lockable Front and Side Panels
  • Four 5.25" Sliding Drive Bays
  • Six 3.5" Drive Bays (Two external) in 2 Detachable Housings (3 each)
  • One 80mm Fan on side panel (included)
  • Two 80mm Rear Exhaust Fans (included)
  • Two Extra Slots for 80mm Intake Fans
  • Two USB, One FireWire at the front
  • Washable air filter
  • The case comes packaged in a very nice-looking box. Everything you need to know is on the box, so with the exception of actually trying it out, you wouldn't need to crack open the box to identify its features.


    Front of the box!


    Back of the box!

    Closer Look

    Case Exterior

    The AMG colour stands out boldly, and from these photos you can gather an intimidating feeling just from the case itself, unmodded, but imagine the countless possibilities that can come from some aspiring dremel-carrying individuals!


    Side view


    Front of the case, with panel open

    The front panel can be locked, but only to keep curious young ones from removing drives or pushing the buttons. Don't expect it to fend off a determined thief.


    Front of the case, with panel closed

    At the back of the case, you can see that it includes an I/O shield of its own, but you can always replace it with the one that came with your motherboard, if necessary.


    Back of the case

    Antec has even included a standard 80mm fan on the side panel, knowing that the majority of its users are often computer enthusiasts who will crank out as much juice as they can from their CPUs, and this means alot of cooling will be needed... but there's always water cooling!

    The side panel can also be locked, but the for same reasons as stated above for the front panel. This is especially important since you don't want unsuspecting hands alluvasudden ripping cables apart and getting throughly zapped in the process.


    The side panel!


    The other side of the side panel!

    Case Interior

    Here we get to see the inside of the case, and while it has no removable motherboard tray, the amount of internal room available here should be more than enough for you to fit everything in.


    The case interior - lots of room!

    Installing extra case fans in this case is a breeze. All you have to do is place the fan into the snap-in fan holder, and you're set. No more messing around with screws!


    Room for an intake fan

    They may be black, but the side panel has no window in the first place! Two powerful exhaust fans await their task.


    2 exhaust fans included

    Here we see the removable drive bays. The lower one includes another fan bracket, so you can install another intake fan here, if you so desire.


    Removable drive bays

    Finally, all the motherboard cables. Apart from your standard Power and Reset switches, you also have the Power and HDD LEDs, as well as the PC Speaker cable. This case also includes two additional LEDs, labelled I and II, respectively, and have no pre-determined use, so you can use them however you please.

    The USB and FireWire cables are split individually. While this will make installation a little bit more difficult, it's good that they did that because some motherboards have do not follow the common order of pin layouts, and having individual plugs can alleviate this problem.


    All the cables and connectors!




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